well i got me 11 acres with alot of trees big car sized rocks and even a river on one side. making payments on that but i have also been saving and paying cash to build the home a little at a time. me and my wife just sold our 2300 sqft home and will be staying in a 5th wheel just bought, it will be plugged in next to my parents house until ours is livable. we just bought 2 40ft shipping containers, this will be the main part of the home. they will be spaced 22ft apart and a roof spanned over the whole thing. the center between the containers will be open living space for kitchen, living, dining area. the rest in the containers will be bedrooms, office, bathroom, closets. will be solar electric, 5000 gallon cistern for water buried on hill up from the house for gravity fed system. the front of the home will be done in store front glazing for southface sun. i will use diamond pier pin foundation to hold the whole thing up. a composting toilet with a under home collector unit. heres some pics form sketchup and my own on the land when i had the containers delivered.
This sounds like a very interesting project you are working on. Since your post is already a few months old it would be very interesting to hear how you are getting along. Maybe even some more pictures if you have? I am especially interested what sources of renewable energy you are using to power your new home.
Shipping containers are a great way to go. I have three 40 footers that I purchased used a few moths ago at $1000 each. I’m presently collecting steel I-beams and am in the process of taking apart an old greenhouse from a now defunct nursery. The containers will be in U shape with the bottom of the U to the north and the other two containers to the east and west, the open part to the south.
The south face will be enclosed with the glazing from the greenhouse. I’m using a lot of steel in the plan since there is a lot available for the scrap cost or better yet for the hauling. Recently an old mobile home park nearby has been tearing down some very old trailers. They are letting me have all of the framing and plywood that I can haul away.
The goal is to build my new home with no debt and from as much recycled ie(junk)as possible.
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